Friday, April 3, 2020

Challenge #12 - 2020 WFLDP Campaign

2020 WFLDP Campaign logo and challenge

Challenge 12: Leaders with effective command presence show empathy.
#2020WFLDPCampaign #commandpresence #fireleadership

Thursday, April 2, 2020

IGNITE: Growth Opportunities

fire engines in front of wildfire
Our most significant challenges are often our greatest occasions and learning experiences to grow. ♦ George Raveling, Coaching for Success ♦

[Photo: Kari Greer/USFS]

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Mental Health and Being a Hotshot

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This is a sobering, vulnerable farewell letter from El Dorado IHC Superintendent Aaron Humphries. Aaron gave us permission to share his letter with our followers. We thank "Hump" for 20 years of dedicated service and wish him and his family well on next steps.

Please read his letter and share it throughout your spheres of influence as you see fit. This is the sobering truth of what is happening to members across the service. Aaron is one of many people exiting the wildland fire service. As a wildland fire service, we need to be better to ourselves and those we lead. Self-care should be paramount. Families should matter. Mental health must be addressed.

Monday, March 30, 2020

IGNITE: Beliefs Shape Presence

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Your beliefs shape every aspect of your presence, from body language to the actions you choose to undertake. ♦ Kristi Hedges, The Power of Presence ♦
[Photo: Tallac IHC]

#fireleadership #2020WFLDPCampaign #commandpresence

Friday, March 27, 2020

Challenge #11: 2020 WFLDP Campaign

2020 WFLDP Campaign logo and challenge

Challenge 11:  Self-awareness is a critical and powerful first step in developing command presence.
  • Take the time to determine what you want your presence to convey.
  • Use your journal as a place to capture your thoughts. 
(Adapted from The Power of Presence by Kristi Hedges)

#2020WFLDPCampaign #commandpresence #fireleadership

Thursday, March 26, 2020


wildland fire with firefighter silouhette
“Give yourself permission to be more of yourself, rather than less.” ♦ Kristi Hedges, The Power of Presence ♦

[Photo: Kyle Miller/Wyoming IHC]

#fireleadership #commandpresence #2020WFLDPCampaign

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Caught In the Middle

Have you had moments during your social isolation where you have experienced a tinge of anxiety that you just can't get rid of? Something just doesn't add up. You are getting mixed messages from health care professionals and political leaders regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. You are trying to respond with social responsibility but mixed messages have you confused and caught in the middle of a sensemaking conundrum.

Monday, March 23, 2020

IGNITE: The Power of Personal Initiative

wildland firefighter in front of fire
On a chaotic and rapidly developing wildfire, one person taking the initiative can make all the difference in seizing and taking advantage of an opportunity. ♦ Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, p. 27 ♦
[Photo: Kyle Miller/Wyoming IHC]


Friday, March 20, 2020

Challenge #10 - WFLDP Campaign

Challenge 10:
Leaders with effective command presence are prepared and stay calm during chaos.
  • Ensure each team member’s contact information is up to date and readily available.
  • Conduct a pre-mortem drill to ensure notification processes work quickly and efficiently.
#2020WFLDPCampaign #commandpresence #fireleadership

Thursday, March 19, 2020

IGNITE: Seeds of Confidence

forest fire
“No one has absolute confidence. You just need to find a seed of confidence to create an environment where your full confidence can grow. ” ♦ Kristi Hedges, The Power of Presence ♦
[Photo: Kristi Hedges]

#fireleadership #commandpresence #2020WFLDPCampaign